Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Sauber F1 drives during the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at Korea. (Photo: Getty Images)
As Nico Hulkenberg sweats on his future, Sauber is not ruling out simply keeping the highly rated German on board in 2014.
Earlier, with the 26-year-old linked with moves to Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus and even a return to Force India, it had emerged Hulkenberg’s Sauber contract had been terminated amid Sauber’s financial struggles.
A fan watching Sunday’s IndyCar Houston Grand Prix captured the moment of impact from Dario Franchitti’s scary wreck on the final lap in dramatic fashion.
Obtained exclusively by Houston’s KPRC Local 2, the cell phone video shows the speed and intensity on the incident where Franchitti’s car launched into the fencing after making contact with Takuma Sato.
Franchitti suffered two fractured vertebrae, a fractured ankle and a concussion in the incident, while 13 fans were treated for minor injuries, two of which were transported to a local hospital.
After making the rounds on the Internet, the video caused IndyCar driver JR Hildebrand to question how cars continue to get airborne.
Will Power holds up the first place trophy along with second place Scott Dixon (L) and third place James Hinchcliffe(R) after Sunday’s Houston Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)
Scott Dixon took control of the IndyCar championship race when Helio Castroneves suffered his second mechanical failure in two days at the Grand Prix of Houston, where the race ended when Dario Franchitti’s car went airborne into the fence on the final lap.
The accident in Turn 5 happened when the car of four-time IndyCar champion Franchitti launched over Takuma Sato’s and sailed into the fence. Debris was showered into the grandstand from both the cars colliding and the impact with the fence, and Franchitti’s badly damaged car bounced back onto the track. E.J. Viso then hit Sato’s car.
Dario Franchitti has been diagnosed with a spinal fracture that will not require surgery, a fracture to the right ankle and a concussion after being involved in a serious crash during Race 2 of the Houston Grand Prix.
Franchitti was battling with Takuma Sato on the final lap when they collided, sending Franchitti airborne and into the catch fence in Turn 5. EJ Viso, who was also involved, managed to miss Franchitti’s destroyed car, but T-boned Sato.